New York : (APS)Sep 22,2017-Pakistan has called for expeditious steps towards the implementation of UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir.
Addressing the 72nd session of UN General Assembly in New York, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi urged the UN Secretary General to appoint a special envoy to promote a just and peaceful settlement of the longstanding dispute.
He said as India is unwilling to resume the peace process with Pakistan, the Security Council should fulfill its obligation to secure the implementation of its own resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir.
Demanding an international investigation into India’s crimes in Kashmir, he urged the UN Secretary-General and the High Commissioner for Human Rights to send an inquiry commission to occupied Kashmir to verify the nature and extent of India’s human rights violations.
He said Pakistan remains open to resuming a comprehensive dialogue with India to address all outstanding issues, especially Kashmir, and discuss measures to maintain peace and security.
The prime minister said India frequently violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control in Kashmir to divert the world’s attention from its brutalities.
He said despite over 600 violations since January this year Pakistan has acted with restraint. But if India does venture across the LoC, or acts upon its doctrine of “limited” war against Pakistan, it will evoke a strong and matching response.
He said the international community must act decisively to prevent the situation from any dangerous escalation.
Spelling out Pakistan’s stance in clear terms, the Prime Minister said Pakistan is not prepared to fight the Afghan war on its soil nor can it endorse any failed strategy that will prolong and intensify the suffering of the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and other regional countries.
He said Pakistan has suffered and sacrificed much due to its role in the global counter-terrorism campaign.
He said Taliban safe havens are located not in Pakistan but in the large tracts of territory controlled by the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said cross-border attacks are mostly conducted by anti-Pakistan elements from the terrorist safe havens across the border.
He urged the Afghan government and the Coalition to support Pakistan’s ongoing efforts to strengthen border controls to end all cross-border attacks.
He said the international community has concluded that peace can be restored in Afghanistan only through a negotiated settlement.
The Prime Minister said Pakistan believes that the urgent and realistic goals should be the elimination of Daesh, Al-Qaeda and their affiliates including the TTP and Jamaat-ul-Ahrar in Afghanistan.
Highlighting Pakistan’s sacrifices in the war on terror, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said Pakistan has paid a huge price as over twenty-seven thousand Pakistanis, including six thousand and five hundred military and law enforcement personnel have been martyred by terrorists.
He said Pakistan suffered economic losses of over one hundred and twenty billion dollars. He said defeating terrorist violence is vital to realize our overriding priority of rapid economic and social development.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said terrorism is now a global phenomenon, which must be addressed comprehensively.